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Ozark Christian College is excited to announce regional accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). This adds to Ozark’s national accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), which the college has held since 1988. Ozark began seeking regional accreditation in 2012 and received candidacy status with HLC in November of 2016.
“The Ozark team has worked hard over this eight-year journey,” says OCC President Matt Proctor, “and we're excited to achieve HLC accreditation. We're grateful for the process that helped us improve, excited for how this serves our graduates' future pursuits, and humbled by the affirmation of the quality education Ozark has long provided.”
The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States, so OCC now shares accreditation with other regional universities like the University of Missouri, the University of Arkansas, and our educational partner Missouri Southern State University. While ABHE accreditation focuses on the quality of higher education institutions that engage students in biblical higher education, HLC assesses an institution's overall quality and evaluates the college alongside other schools within the region.
“Accreditation assures that an institution meets accepted standards of quality and integrity,” says OCC Vice President of Institutional Research and Effectiveness Dr. Teresa Roberts. “Since 1942, our mission and focus as a single-purpose Bible college have not changed. Ozark remains committed to training men and women for Christian service.”
For more on Ozark’s accreditation, read our Accreditation FAQs or contact Vice President of Institutional Research and Effectiveness Dr. Teresa Roberts at [email protected] or 417.680.5626.